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Glacier National Park Wilderness Retreat (Mountain Cleft)

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,900 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Houses, 9 Bedrooms + Lofts + Den, 7 Baths, (Sleeps 12-28).

Mountain Cleft Retreat, next door to Glacier National Park, is the perfect choice for your next 'escape the world' getaway. This secluded wilderness refuge is a quiet and lovely European style house set in the magnificent Montana mountain wilderness. A charming twenty-acre paradise, it is located just one mile from the wild and scenic Flathead River where the North Fork and Middle Fork converge, a popular spot to fish, whitewater raft, kayak, or canoe. Retreat accommodates up to 28 when the Alpine House, this listing, is combined with the Alpine Cottage, listing 451633, and the Glacier Chalet, listing 451634, on this same property. (See property diagram in photo section, next-to-last photo). Check with owner for availability of Alpine House.

The retreat is just eight miles from the West Glacier entrance to Glacier National Park. Breathtaking mountain views, wilderness solitude, abundant wildlife, herb and flower gardens, forests and meadows, combined with private, beautiful accommodations and every comfort to make you feel relaxed, revitalized, and pampered.

The retreat's secluded alpine wilderness location, bordering Flathead National Forest and Glacier National Park, affords frequent opportunities to observe wildlife. Bear, moose, and deer are frequent visitors here, so be sure to bring your camera!

The Alpine House is one of 3 units onsite. The Alpine House has a sleeping capacity of 16. As indicated above, when combined with the Alpine Cottage and Glacier Chalet, the retreat can sleep 28 or more. Whether you are a family on vacation, or a larger group such as a family reunion or other special occasion, Mountain Cleft Retreat can serve your needs.

Bedrooms include a king, queens, and bunk beds, as well as sofa beds. Private bedrooms have beautifully hand-painted wall art, down comforters, and decorator linens. The den has a gas log fireplace, a large sheepskin rug, comfortable fireplace chairs, and two couches. The den exits to a beautiful private garden with grill, and umbrella table and chairs for relaxation and eating.

A fully equipped kitchen and dining facilities are available for guest use. We also provide high-speed wireless Internet.

Upon entering the Alpine House, stairs and an arched doorway transport you to the spacious, romantic Old World style king bedroom suite with down comforter, bedroom library, and reading chair. The handsome corner wardrobe provides a place for clothing, and windows on both sides of the room look out onto the surrounding Montana woods. This room has an elegant private bathroom with 2-person whirlpool tub.

A few steps up from this bedroom is the Great Room with cathedral ceiling, living room with overstuffed red velvet furniture, a two story stone fireplace with a gas log fire, and a full bathroom. A balcony off the Great room overlooks the front flower gardens. Graceful arched doorways, stained glass windows, hand painted wall art, tapestry rugs, an iron chandelier, and skylights makes this room a breathtaking hideaway.

Stairs up from the Great Room take you to an upper loft, a combination library/bedroom/business center, with a queen sofa bed, desk, skylights, and windows overlooking spectacular mountain, forest, and meadow views.

Washers and dryers are available in the retreat for guests to use as needed.

Keywords: House/Retreat

More Details

Clyde Morgan
Member since: 2007
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 April, 2017

About Clyde Morgan

Melissa and I (Clyde) take pleasure in providing a wilderness retreat where people can unwind, enjoy nature, and come closer together. The Alpine Cottage is a quality place where this can happen.

Why Clyde Morgan chose Glacier Park

Melissa lived in this area for about 20 years and loves the mountain wilderness. Her favorite spot is Lake McDonald, by Apgar Village, a short drive from the retreat.

What makes this house unique

Whether you're looking for an unforgettable family reunion, or a delightful vacation for a smaller group, we have the place for you.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Columbia Falls in Flathead County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Alpine Old World Suite Bath - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi , This ensuite bath is with the Alpine Old World Suite bedroom
    Great Room Bath - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Lower Level Bath - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Four additional bathrooms are in Alpine Cottage (Listing 451633) and Glacier Chalet (Listing 451634).
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Alpine Old World Suite - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Has ensuite luxury bath with 2 person whirlpool tub
    Queen Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Queen Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Queen Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Red Room - 2 Bunk Bed , Two sets of bunk beds and large floor space
    Upper Level Loft - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Semi-private with queen sofabed
    Lower Level Den - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Queen sofabed
  • King size beds (1) The Old World Suite has a King bed., Queen size Beds (3) Three bedrooms have queen beds., Baby Cribs (1) We have 1 crib which can be used in most bedrooms., Sleep Sofa or Futons (4) Loft has a queen sofabed. Den has queen sofabed., Bunk Beds (2) A large bedroom with two sets of bunkbeds for a maximum of four single beds. (4 additional bedrooms are in Alpine Cottage [Listing 451633] and Glacier Chalet [Listing 451634]).
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 5 garden chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi ...
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
The retreat has a business center equipped with wireless internet access, and a color printer/scanner/copier. Robes, slippers, down comforters, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, water bottles, Montana reading materials, board games, and seasonal editions of 'Flathead Living' magazine. Down near the 'barn' (consult the facilities diagram in the photos section) you will find a campfire area with supplied wood. It's a great place to gather the family or to enjoy some quiet time watching the flames jump and listen to the fire crackle.


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(16 traveller reviews)

Glacier National Park Wilderness Retreat (Mountain Cleft)
average rating of 4.5625 based on 16 reviews


  • 2 of 5

We stayed here for a combined family vacation. When we arrived we did not have any water. Throughout the week the water was "fixed" but showers had to be taken one at a time which is extremely inconvenient when we had 16 people staying at the cabin. We cleaned the whole cabin before leaving and still have not received our deposit back after attempting to contact the owner multiple times.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Little Rock, Arkansas

Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We came up for a week to stay at Glacier National Park. We had 8 people (4 adults and 4 kids), and some additional relatives joined us for part of the stay, renting out the smaller part of the house as well. We have stayed at multiple properties through VRBO over the years, and this was the best maintained property we have stayed with. Everything was in good shape, clean, and worked well. The bed in the master bedroom was so comfortable! We had plenty of space and the boys enjoyed the bunk bed room (complete with a basket of wooden blocks). The house was quiet, the property is surrounded by woods and there is no appreciable road noise (there is an occasional train, and though I could hear it, it was not loud enough to be bothersome). The kitchen is small but we cooked a full dinner for 52 people in it one night without a problem, and the dining table fits quite a few around. The patio and deck areas provide good outdoor seating as well. There was plenty of space, so everyone could find somewhere to have some quiet time when they needed it. The house is 10-15 minutes from West Glacier, it was an easy drive and our host provided directions to the park from the house. Columbia Falls is 15 minutes away if you need a grocery store. The property is also about 5 minutes from the middle fork of the flathead river, which you will pass over on your way to Glacier. It is very cold water! but people do rafting/canoeing and swimming there (we found Lake McDonald in Glacier Park had warmer water). Overall I would definitely recommend this property if you have plans in Glacier National Park, or the surrounding area.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very comfortable. If you have elderly guests you will want to rent the cottage as there is no bathrh

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful stay. We rented both the house and attached cottage and it was perfect for our combined families. The proximity to Glacier Park, hiking, white water rafting, and renting ATV's made everything so easy. We were close enough to Columbia Falls to eat out or get take out and our day trip horseback riding and boating on Flathead Lake was easily doable. The views from the cottage deck made evenings remarkable. The house had everything we needed for a wonderful week in Montana!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful unexpected elegance

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the cottage with our three year old twins and had an excellent time. The girls loved the little sleeping nooks. It was comfortable, elegant, and well stocked. Just lovely with perfect access to everything worth seeing and doing in the valley. It would be perfect for either a romantic getaway or a family like ours. We will be back.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Celina, Ohio

A great place for a large family

  • 5 of 5

Perfect location. Just 10 minutes to West Entrance to Glacier National Park. Located right in the heart of the Flathead National Forrest. It is the perfect get-a-way. We loved it. Everyone was so gracious and we loved Clyde and Melissa. Hope to come back soon

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Irvine, CA

Stunning Mountain Retreet

  • 5 of 5

When I arrived, the scenery took my breath away!!! So beautiful, it was if God had tucked a 20 acre parcel of heaven right here in the woods.

Picture majestic mountains, summer meadows full of wildflowers, tall timbers reaching toward a bright, blue sky..........chubby little bumble bees among the lavender, sweet orange and yellow butterflies dancing in the summer warmth. We haven't even gone inside yet!!!

What a wonderful place for a group, couple or if you just need to spend some time alone.

The interior was warm, inviting and very nicely appointed. The sheets were soft, the down comforters warm and the bathrobes snuggly!!! Floor-to-Ceiling windows make the space perfectly light & bright and can coax you into an unexpected nap before you know it!!!

When was the last time you enjoyed a large family breakfast or dinner around an enormous table with filled with family, friends, love, joy and laughter??? It reminds you to slow down and enjoy the truly important things in life.

Of all the rentals I've enjoyed over the years this one was the most impressive, the owners are caring, wonderful people who've shared their sense of taste and style in this lovely mountain retreat. Every detail has been considered for the guests comfort and enjoyment!!!

I look forward to the next visit with great anticipation!!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying. We're very glad you had a great time, and hope you'll return.
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Glacier International Airport (Kalispell)
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Glacier View Golf Club (near West Glacier)
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Amtrak Station at West Glacier
Nearest Restaurant
12 Miles
Several in Columbia Falls
Car: necessary

Mountain Cleft Retreat is surrounded by national forest. Wildlife is abundant, especially in the Spring. Two forks of the Flathead River merge nearby where you can find a locally favorite fishing spot. Glacier National Park property is about 3/4 of a mile away as the crow flies. The West Entrance to the park is just 8 miles by road.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Columbia Falls, Montana

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Off Season
30 Oct 2016 - 6 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 15 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
7 May 2017 - 3 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 16 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
4 Jun 2017 - 16 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 16 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
Fall Shoulder
17 Sep 2017 - 14 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 16 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
15 Oct 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 16 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
Off Season
29 Oct 2017 - 5 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 15 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £61.8
Cleaning Fee £195.57
Tax Rate 7.0%

If you wish to charge your stay using American Express, please contact the owner directly.

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